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Tips for all Beginner Runners and Cyclists

1. Hydration is key - During these hot and humid summer days, drinking water is the simplest and most important tip of all. Runners should drink two cups of water prior to running and one cup of water every 30-minutes. Dehydration can have negative effects on performance and recovery, and poses a huge threat to one’s overall health. If you can, plan your exercise for the early morning or evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

2. Looking good = Feeling Good- Ever look at runners or cyclist in magazines and think to yourself, “their workout gear costs more than my entire wardrobe!”? Well yes, some top of the line gear could put a dent in your paycheck, BUT being too stingy with your workout gear can hurt you. I hate to say this, but toss aside your oversize college t-shirts and discounted sneakers and trade them in for appropriate apparel.  Gear does matter for performance. Blisters, chafing, sweat build up, and joint problems are all common issues that arise from wearing improper workout gear. Stay away from cotton, avoid rough fabrics and make sure your shoes provide proper support. If you’re looking for new workout gear, make sure to check out North Wales Running Co and if you're looking for bike gear or repairs, there are several options for you including Breakaway Bikes, Bicycle Therapy and Fairmount Bicycles.

3. Stretch it out- Some of the most common injuries occur because people don’t stretch after a workout. Sometimes after a long bike or run all you want to do is sit down and relax, but relaxing can wait. Stretching helps reduce tightness and possible injuries. It is best to stretch for 10-15 minutes after a short warm up period and again at the end of a workout. Then you may fall to the ground and take a nap.

4. Team up for success- Working out regularly is not an easy task. Often times life gets in the way and forces us to pass on that run or bike we had planned. Finding a group of buddies to exercise with can help motivate you to get moving. Follow a beginning running plan that sets realistic goals for you and your group. Check out The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia or Philadelphia Runner for a list of biking/running groups and lessons in the area.

5. Don’t Overdo It- We all want to be able to run or bike miles at a time without feeling like we are going to pass out. Don’t worry, you will one day! But first stick to a solid, comfortable pace and don’t do too much, too soon. By building up to your goal slowly, you will save yourself a lot of frustration and pain in the long run (pun intended). 


Go Philly Go - Directions for Multimodal Trips

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Over the past 10 years it has become a lot easier to to obtain bike, walk or transit travel information thanks to a plethora of web and phone applications such as Google Maps, The Transit App and Ride the City. However where those applications fall short is when you need multimodal directions. A common scenario is that you get off the Market Frankford El but your next connecting bus is in a half hour. And then when you reach your stop, you then have to walk 5 blocks to your final destination.

Enter GoPhllyGo.

GoPhillyGo essentially takes Google Directions to the next level. The app not only allows you to get multimodal directions with own bike, but you can also find out if Indego bike share is available for your trip. Or maybe you just want to find great places to go. GoPhillyGo includes completed Circuit trails and can produce a coverage map for up to 2 hours of travel time.


Broad Support for New Trails Across 9 County Region

In May 2015, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia conducted a public opinion survey across all nine counties of the Delaware Valley. The survey aimed to gather an understanding of the general population’s awareness of the Circuit and the level of demand for more trails in the region.

The survey found high levels of support for trails in the region.  Overall, 85 percent support building more trails in their counties. Furthermore, 70 percent were in favor of spending $2 per person in public dollars annually to pay for new miles of trails. 

Sixty percent of respondents said they would like to have access to a trail, or more trails within 10 minutes of their homes.  Of respondents under the age of 45, that level of support rose to 72 percent

Read more by reviewing the full survey results analysis or a breakdown of survey results by each county.

  

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All Aboard the Patriot on the Schuylkill River

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The Schuylkill Banks is buzzing with activity, both on-land and on the water. The Schuylkill River Trail is the perfect spot for running, walking, cycling, yoga, picnics, etc., and the Schuylkill River is great for kayaking and boat cruises! The Schuylkill River Park Alliance recently announced a 20% discount for all Schuylkill River tours offered by Philadelphia Harbor Lines. Each cruise features a unique experience and a great opportunity to learn about and enjoy the history and significance of the Schuylkill River!

Grab family and friends and board the Patriot – a new 1920's style 35 passenger commuter boat – this summer.  

  • Secrets of the Schuylkill: a 1 hour fun and fact filled tour highlighting the past, present and future of the Schuylkill
  • Boat to Bartram's Garden: a 3 hour cruise with a two hour tour of Bartram's Garden
  • Walnut to Walnut: a 1 hour 45 minute cruise from Walnut Street on the Schuylkill to Penn's Landing on the Delaware
  • Different Night - Different Lights:  This one-hour cruise highlights Philadelphia's skyline at night, with its varying and delightful hues
  • Hidden River Cruise:  a 1 hour fun and fact filled tour highlighting the past, present and future of the Schuylkill

To order your discounted order tickets, use our promo code SRPA15 and click here.


DVRPC Board Approves $5 Million for Circuit Trail Expansion

Today, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) took a major step in moving the Circuit forward by approving $5 million in federal transportation dollars, which seven Circuit trail projects will be able to draw from for construction funding! Drawn out in our last blog post (click here), the funding will be allocated to a total of 11 Circuit trail projects.

This approval comes on the heels of a recent public opinion study by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, which reports high levels of support for trails in the region. Conducted in May, the telephone survey aimed to gather an understanding of the general population’s awareness of the Circuit and their opinions on demand for more trails in the region. Sixty percent of respondents said they would like to have access to a trail, or more trails within 10 minutes of their homes.  Of respondents under the age of 45, that level of support rose to 72 percent.  Overall, 85 percent support building more trails in their counties. Furthermore, 70 percent were in favor of spending $2 per person in public dollars annually to pay for new miles of trails. 

This support for trails is tremendous and this is a very exciting time for the Circuit as funding and construction continues! 


Calling all Burlington County Residents!

Burlington County has the opportunity to build out several miles of Circuit trails including the Delaware River Heritage Trail, Kinkora Trail and the Rancocas Creek Trail –  but they need YOU for support! Next Wednesday (6/24), Burlington County Freeholders are holding a board meeting and will consider adjusting its Open Space tax rate as part of the budget process. Please join us and speak in support of greater investment for trails and parks! 

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Your presence is needed to support increased county investment in Burlington County trails and parks!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 PM

Burlington County Freeholders are holding a board meeting on Wednesday, June 24 and will consider adjusting its Open Space tax rate as part of the budget process. In 2013, Burlington County rolled back the tax from four cents to 1.5 cents per $100 of equalized assessed value. We’ve heard that the Freeholders are considering restoring the tax rate to four cents.

Burlington County has the opportunity to build out many miles of the following trails.

  • Delaware River Heritage Trail
  • Kinkora Trail
  • Rancocas Creek Trail

According to a new Circuit public opinion poll, those surveyed from Burlington County demonstrated that they are in favor of more trails.  The survey found:

  • 69% of Burlington County residents would like to have access to a trail, or to more trails within 10 minutes of their home
  • 86% support the construction of new trails in Burlington County
  • 72% of Burlington County residents support spending $2 of tax dollars per person per year to add 64 miles of trails in Burlington County to the 750 mile Circuit regional trail network.
  • 77% of Burlington County residents have used a trail for recreation or transportation within the Delaware Valley

The County is on a roll with new parks and trails being planned and opened. Increasing their investment will help keep up the momentum. Please attend the Burlington County Chosen Freeholders Board meeting and speak in support of greater investment for trails and parks!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 PM

County Administration Building

3rd Floor, COURTROOM 1

49 Rancocas Road

Mt. Holly, NJ 08060

Connectthecircuit.org


Celebrate Dad on the Circuit!

In celebration of National Trails Month and Father’s Day, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is teaming up with Kidical Mass to host a Father’s Day free family fun ride on the Circuit! This event is perfect for families who love to get active and is a great opportunity to explore some of Southwest Philly’s great trail infrastructure by bike.  The Family Fun ride will travel from Clark Park along the Circuit’s own 58th Street Greenway, ending at Bartram’s Gardens where there will be plenty of fun activities for kids, adults and parents. Participants also have the opportunity to check out Bartram’s Gardens brand new community boathouse on the Schuylkill River. Hope to see you out #onthecircuit this Father’s Day!

For more information and to register, click here.


Get Your Tail on the Trail Program Wins National Recognition

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, a proud member of the Circuit Coalition, received national recognition at the 2015 International Trails Symposium hosted by American Trails for the Get Your Tail on the Trail program!  They won the “Trails for Health Award,” recognizing their commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity. A truly remarkable program, Get Your Tail on the Trail is a community-based initiative geared toward promoting outdoor fitness activities in a fun, family environment.

Launched in May 2013, the initial 165-mile challenge aimed to engage 250 people in the program. Little did they know that in the first six months of the program, 2,455 people would have signed up and logged 255,392 miles. Today, Get Your Tail on the Trail has 4,870 participants who have logged 1,124,295.62 miles.

A model of collaboration, the program was created in 2013 by Elissa Garofalo, Executive Director of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Dr. Bonnie Coyle, St. Luke’s Director of Community Health and Kenneth Szydlow, Vice President of Marketing for St. Luke’s University Network.  The program aims to expose families to outstanding opportunities along the D&L Trail while improving health awareness, providing nutrition and exercise programs, and promoting a culture of personal wellness and a sense of community built around the trail.

Congratulations on a well-deserved award!

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Paoli Pike Trail Open House and Project Presentation Set for June 16

On Tuesday, June 16 area trail users are invited to participate in the planning of a multiuse, off-road trail spanning the East Goshen Township along Paoli Pike. The trail was recommended in the 2013 Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan (see here). There is hope that this will be the first step in an off-road trail linking West Chester, Malvern and Paoli, so come out and join us! 

Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the township's consultants, McMahon Associations, will present for comment a preferred alignment and general design at the township building (located at 1580 Paoli Pike). Following the Open House, there will be another presentation during the Board of Supervisors meeting at 7:00 p.m. 

A public comment period on the Trail Conceptual Plan is scheduled in September.  The Feasibility and Master Plan project is scheduled for completion in December.  It is anticipated the township will apply for grants in 2016 to fund the next steps in creating the trail.


What's on Deck for the Circuit

Based upon a review of the status of Circuit trail projects in the nine counties, we are able to update the estimated completion dates of twenty-six trail projects and four on-road bike lane projects that are likely to occur over the next 24 months.  There are roughly 30 miles of trails and 15 miles of bike lanes expected to be added over the next two years.  Many exciting trail projects that everyone has long been waiting for are on this list!

Project Title

Type

Mileage

County

ESTIMATED Completion date

Delaware Avenue Extension

Paved Trail

0.6

Phila

Fall 2015

Green Lane Connector

Paved Trail/Sidepath

0.1

Bucks

Fall 2015

Newtown Square Trail

Trail

0.9

Delaware

Fall 2015

Darby Creek Stream Valley Park

Paved Trail

1.2

Delaware

Fall 2015

Tinicum Route 291 ECG

Trail/Sidepath

0.5

Delaware

Fall 2015

Pennypack Trail - Route 63  to Byberry Road

Stone Dust Trail

3

Montco

Fall 2015

Cobbs Creek Segment A

PavedTrail

1

Phila

Spring 2016

Manayunk Bridge

Paved Trail/Bridge

0.6

Phila

Spring 2016

Pennypack Trail - Crossing of Frankford Ave

2-Way Protected Bike Lane

0.05

Phila

Spring 2016

Marcus Hook ECG

Bike Lanes

1

Delaware

Spring 2016

Betzwood Bridge

Bridge

0.5

Montco

Spring 2016

Big Woods Trail

Stone Dust Trail

2

Berks

Spring 2016

Kinkora Trail

Trail/Sidepath

3

Burlington

Spring 2016

Lawrence Hopewell Trail - Carter Road Section

Trail

2

Mercer

Spring 2016

Chester Creek Trail

Paved Trail

2

Delaware

Summer 2016

SRT Pottstown - Phase 1

Trail

1.5

Montco

Summer 2016

Tookany Creek

Paved Trail

0.5

Montco

Summer 2016

Bartram's Mile

PavedTrail

1.25

Phila

Fall 2016

Baxter Trail

Paved Trail

1.75

Phila

Fall 2016

K&T Trail

Paved Trail

1.8

Phila

Fall 2016

SRT - South St to Christian

Paved Trail

0.3

Phila

Fall 2016

Tyburn Road Underpass

Trail

0.2

Bucks

Fall 2016

Del Rvr Heritage Trail

Trail/Sidepath

5

Burlington

Fall 2016

Gray's Ferry Swing Bridge

Bridge

0.75

Phila

Spring 2017

Lindberg Blvd - 84th St to John Heinz

Paved Trail/Sidepath

0.5

Phila

Spring 2017

Ben Franklin Bridge Ramp

Bridge

0.3

Camden

Spring 2017

Delaware River Waterfront Trail - Washington Ave to Pier 70

Trail Improvement

0.5

Phila

Spring 2017

TOTAL TRAIL MILEAGE

 

32.3

   

Tuckahoe Road Bike Lanes - Monroe Twp to Route 40

Bike Lanes

10

Gloucester

Fall 2015

Camden/North Camden Waterfront Bike Facilities

Bike Lanes

1.6

Camden

Fall 2015

Camden/North Camden Waterfront Bike Facilities

Sharrows

2

Camden

Fall 2015

North Park Drive Bike Lanes (Part of the Circuit)

Bike Lanes

1.6

Camden

Summer 2016

TOTAL BIKE LANE MILEAGE

 

15.2

   

Circuit Trail Segments Poised For the PA TIP

Since May 2014, the PA counties have been working to strategically prioritize  segments of the Circuit.  As a result of this work, a number of these projects are being nominated to receive Regional Trail Program funding for design and engineering, construction, or additional study.  The nominations will be up for approval at the June 2015 DVRPC Board meeting.  If approved, this phase will distribute almost $1.4 million in funding.

The PA counties have also sought to identify projects that could be placed on the PA Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is the 5 counties' transportation capital budget program. An action will be introduced at the June 2015 Board meeting to create a Circuit line item on the TIP.  Seven high-priority trail projects deemed ready for design have been identified for inclusion in this line item.    

The DVRPC Board is poised to dedicate $5 M of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds to that line item for the construction of the projects.  Identified projects will be eligible to use those funds for construction. They will also work through the PennDOT process during design, making them well-positioned to compete for future federal construction funding sources. 

In addition, six of the seven projects in the line item will receive Regional Trails Program funding to pay for design and engineering.  Finally, it should be noted that approximately $9.5 million in construction funds are already programmed for the Chester Valley Trail Extension. This project is included among the seven because it has been nominated to receive supplemental funding for design and engineering from the Regional Trails Program.

The PA Circuit TIP Projects will be:

Philadelphia - 1) Pennypack Trail - State & Rhawn Crossing

                        2) Cobbs Creek Segment D– 84th Street to entrance of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge along Lindberg Blvd.

                        3) Spring Garden Street Greenway - Final Preliminary Design

Montco -           4) Chester Valley Trail Extension

                         5) Pennypack Trail - Byberry Road to County Line Road

Bucks -             6) Newtown Branch (Southampton section)

                         7) Bridge Street Crossing – D&L Canal Towpath

The following projects will receive Regional Trail Program Round 2 funds for construction or study, but will not be placed onto the TIP:

  • Chester - Chester Valley Trail Phase 4A (construction)
  • Schuylkill RIver Trail - 422 to Moser Rd (construction)
  • Frankford Greenway (alignment analysis study)
  • Cross County Trail  (alignment analysis study)
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Recap of the 2015 May Semi-Annual Circuit Coalition Meeting

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On May 21, 2015, 48 members of the Circuit Coalition attended the semi-annual meeting in Cherry Hill, New Jersey at the Camden County Environmental Resource Center. 

Chris Linn of Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission opened the meeting by giving an overview of the status of the Circuit and an update on the Regional Trails Program Round 2 as of May 2015.  Chris reported that between May 2014 and May 2015, the Circuit added 6.5 miles and improved 1.4 miles of trails.  Round 2 of the Regional Trail Program, which is $6.5 million, will provide $2.15 M to the four New Jersey counties, of which $1.5 M will be dedicted to trails in urban areas and $610,000 unrestricted.  It will also provide $4.35 M in the five Pennsylvania counties, of which $3.1 M will be dedicated to urban areas and $1.25 unrestricted.

He also provided an update on Pennsylvania trail projects will be receiving some of the RTP funding this summer and which ones will be moved onto the TIP and be eligible for federal funds.  Shawn Megill Legendre presented about the NJ projects. More about this effort will follow in a future blog post.

Sarah Clark Stuart provided an update on which trail projects are likely to be completed over the next 18 months (by December 2016.)  It includes about 27 projects that will be adding over 30 miles of new trails throughout the 9 counties.  Sarah presented on the new projects that will be coming online in Pennsylvania.  Matt Norris presented on the projects that will be coming online in New Jersey.  A table of all complete and anticipated projects is here.

Sarah also presented on a telephone survey on Circuit awareness recently conducted by Rails to Trails Conservancy and one a separate survey conducted on depth of support for public investment in Circuit trails projects.

Nick Rogers of the Clean Air Council provided an overview of a new multimodal transportation route planner website developed in conjunction with Azevea.  The website, called GoPhillyGo.org is in beta mode and users are welcome to check in out and provide feedback.

Christine Reimert of Devine & Partners reported on the ongoing effort being led by D&P and Rails to Trails Conservancy to increase the profile of the Circuit brand and described the Summer 2015 plans and activities.  One item of note is that they have prepared a new postcard to garner public support for connecting the Circuit.  These postcards are designed for tabling events and can be used to ask people to provide their names and email addresses.  If you would like to have postcards mailed to you, please send an email to

To wrap up, Matt Norris presented two out of four videos that Tri-State Transportation Campaign has prepared on the Circuit. The four videos are: The Circuit - What Is It?; The Circuit - A Community Place; The Circuit - Getting There and The Circuit - It's Happening


NATIONAL TRAILS MONTH IS HERE

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June is National Trails Month and there is perhaps no other place that’s better equipped to make the most of it than the greater Philadelphia region #onthecircuit.  Organizations like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Friends of the Delaware Canal, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Friends of the Chester Valley Trail, Bartram's Garnden, the Schuylkill Center for Education and more are hosting rides, walks and events on the Circuit throughout the month of June in celebration. The month offers activities for community members, families and friends of all ages and experience levels – not just avid cyclists and runners. There will be bird watching, volunteering opportunities, a barbeque, art viewing and even an overnight camping event – among the bike rides, runs and walks. See the events page (click here) for a full list of activities.  Get #onthecircuit in June!! 


Lawrence Hopewell Trail Urges Bike to Work Day

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Calling all Mercer County residents! The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Board of Trustees is urging workers to leave their car keys at home tomorrow in recognition of national Bike to Work Day; and instead hop on their bikes to commute to work. Trustees of the 22+ mile cycling and walking loop through Hopewell and Lawrence Townships ask their neighbors to consider alternative transportation to work. 

That’s not all they are asking! Bicyle enthusiasts are encouraged to do one more thing: take a selfie and share it with others (while being safe!). Ways to share your photos:


Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Onthecircuit if you take the trails to work and share photos! 


DVRPC Shares Data, Revealing Which Philly Streets Cyclists Use Most

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CyclePhilly – an app produced by Code for Philly, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, DVRPC, Septa and the City of Philadelphia – logs voluntarily-shared cyclist trip data. DVRPC recently released six months of that data, revealing which routes cyclists like best. The data was gathered from 220 unique CyclePhilly users and 8,340 individual trips.

Some highlights include:

Activity Number of Trips         Top Philly Street
Total Trips 866 Spring Garden, between 9th & 10th
Commuting 672 Spring Garden, between 6th & 7th 
Doing Errands             68 Pine, between 15th & 17th 
Exercise 65 Schuylkill River Trail, between Art Museum & 25th
Social  99 Spring Garden, between 9th & 10th 

Read the full article on Plan Philly here to learn more about the app and what’s in store for the future of biking in Philadelphia: http://planphilly.com/articles/2015/05/06/dvrpc-releases-new-cyclephilly-data-on-which-streets-cyclists-use-most


National Bike Month Calls for Bike To Work Day!

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May is Bike Month and to celebrate, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting their 20th Annual Bike to Work Day Friday, May 15. The Bike Coalition is dedicated to making 2015’s Bike to Work Day the biggest ever, complete with six energizer stations (more details below) with free swag, including Kind bars and Peet's Coffee. Stations will be located conveniently around the city. Later in the afternoon, there will be a Happy Hour at Yards Brewery with half-priced drafts!
 
So, what can you do to participate? Pledge to bike to work by registering or signing up to volunteer! Then download the Bike to Work poster, print it, and share it with your colleagues at work.

See additional details below. We look forward to seeing you!

AM Energizing Stations from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • LOVE Park
  • Clark Park
  • The Penn Museum
  • 13th and Spruce Streets

PM Energizing Stations and community events from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Chew Playground (18th and Washington)
  • 44th and Walnut

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Great volunteer opportunity with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Cadence Youth Cycling! Details included below. Email anya@railstotrails.org if interested! 

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When: Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (volunteer training session from 8:30-9:00 a.m.)

Where: Schuylkill River Trail (between the Water Works and East Falls)

What: High school cyclists will be engaging in a scavenger hunt competition along the Schuylkill River Trail (between Water Works and East Falls). The cyclists will stop along the route to complete challenges. Volunteers are needed to run these challenge stops. The volunteers will provide some quick info about watersheds or the Circuit trail network and then lead the students in a fun challenge (i.e. wheelbarrow race, etc.). Volunteers will need to keep track of each team’s points. Volunteers should arrive via bike in order to reach their challenge locations.

BONUS: A free lunch from Cosmic Cafe will be provided at noon. No experience necessary!

Join Rails-to-Trails and Cadence Youth Cycling ‪#‎onthecircuit‬


What is the Circuit?

Ever wondered what the Circuit is exactly? Look no further. Watch Matt Norris, South Jersey Coordinator of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign give the scoop below. 


The Circuit is Social!

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We are very excited to announce that the Circuit is ramping up on social media, across Facebook (TheCircuitTrails), Twitter (@circuittrails) and Instagram (thecircuittrails). Like and follow us for regional updates, events and news from the Circuit trails and parks. We love to see community members’ activity and participation on the Circuit, so please be sure to share your experiences using the hashtag #onthecircuit! 

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Phoenixville Community Celebration On SRT Trail: April 25

Calling all Phoenixville-area community members!  This weekend, you are invited to head downtown to for a whole host of family fun events on and around the new two-mile trail segment of the Schuylkill River Trail. Activities include everything from a bike tour along the new trail, a bike check and a complementary bike helmet fitting station to live music, chalk and plein air art (painting outdoors!) and more. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Walking Bridge at the Foundry and the Phoenixville Farmer’s Market. For more information, visit http://www.schuylkillrivertowns.com/new-events/2015/4/25/phoenixville-trail-opening-celebration

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